I have a meeting at half one today in which I'm gonna attempt to stick up for my rights and block a proposed change to my shift pattern in the factory where I work. Advice would be appreciated from anyone with prior experience, either medically, legally or just from the point of view of a fellow worker. Here's the issue: Myself and my colleges currently work a rotating shift pattern of 6am-2pm and 2pm-10pm, alternating between the two shifts every two weeks. The company is trying to force a change on us though which would mean that we rotate weekly rather than fortnightly. The problem with this is that I suffer from a medically proven condition called Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD); this is a condition similar to jetlag which effects many shift workers and results in insomnia, sleep deprivation and fatigue upon the change from one shift to another. It's easily researched on Google for anyone who hasn't heard of it, but my company refuses to accept that this directly work-related disorder is a real things. SWSD is aggravated by higher frequencies of shift changes; experts suggest lower frequencies of shift rotation, as the effect of low frequencies of rotation is more easily contained within the sleeping patterns of sufferers. Basically, the more often a worker rotates from one shift to another the more detrimental his shift rotations are to his general health, and the effects to his health can be considerable. On these grounds I intend to propose that such a forced change in the increase in rotations will be detrimental to the general health of the workforce and as such is not a reasonable request that we should have no choice but to comply with; no compensation is being offered on account of the change, we're basically being told that we must accept the alternative despite the proven negative effects to our general health. There is no good reason for the change, it's basically being done on the whim of one particular emoloyee who is favoured by management above others; as I've mentioned, no research has been done into the effects of such a change despite my repeated insistence that SWSD is a recognised sleeping disorder, the negative effects of which will be doubled if the frequency of our rotations are doubled - I've thus far been told that I'll have no choice but to shut up and comply. What would you do in such a situation? Where do I stand legally? I'm sure anyone who has done rotating shift work would be able to sympathise with my position. Management here don't work shifts and so do not know of the potential difficulties inherent in having to change from a late to early shift on a regular basis.